Visiting India – A Reality Check

India being so close to the UAE makes it an exciting, easy getaway, so with a week’s holiday left to take this year we ventured to Varkala in Kerala, in the very south of India. The trip gave me a lot of food for thought, so there will be a few posts coming up on related topics, but the first one I want to start with today is to address the stark reality check I got by visiting Varkala: the reality of the luxury and consumerism we live in, and the reality of the poverty and hardship other people face. For many, none of the experiences I share here will be news, and I was obviously aware of the stark contrast of India vs my world already, but the trip provided a much needed reality check and a thirst for making a difference. Continue reading “Visiting India – A Reality Check”

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The Minimalism Game in Preparation for the New Year

I am not sure where 2017 has gone, but then again, the last 4 years have been a blur. In Abu Dhabi it seems that one summer blends into the next and time just flies by you. And so we find ourselves on the 1st December, 2017. 2018 is right there ahead of us, with all the hopes and worries that new years may bring with them. For us, I think 2018 will be a year of big change. Much needed change. And with that looming ahead, and having spent the last week in simpler living conditions in India, I feel the growing urge to simplify life  further and to eliminate unnecessary items from our lives. Continue reading “The Minimalism Game in Preparation for the New Year”

Wakeboarding at Al Forsan – Discounts!

We’ve posted about the wakeboarding park at Al Forsan Sports Resort before – check out our reviews here and here if you haven’t read them yet! We’ve survived another hot summer in the desert and now that the weather is cooling down again, we’re back to enjoying the cable park at least once a week!

Recently, we’ve discovered the following tricks to get a discount on the entrance fee, so we thought we’d share them with you here 🙂 Continue reading “Wakeboarding at Al Forsan – Discounts!”

Sailing with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy

We started sailing in Abu Dhabi when we first move here, taking an RYA dinghy sailing course at the Hiltonia Beach club with Watercooled (article here). But, then summer came, and life got in the way. This year we’ve experienced a sailing-revival, starting with going sailing regularly at Eastern Mangroves, renting dinghies from Noukhada, but the costs added up, and we were looking to experience bigger boats. Luckily, we came across Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy, located as Yas Marina a few months ago! Josh, Dave, Charles and I, took the Intermediate Sailing course, allowing us to rent the boats, and have since been out on the water every week that we’ve been in the country. Believe me or not, if you take off at 5:30pm and sail into sunset, the temperature is actually not bad at all. Continue reading “Sailing with Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy”

More New Zealand Videos :)

Life is crazy busy at the moment and time for writing anything is seriously lacking. We are in the middle of a move (within Abu Dhabi), visa renewals, passport renewals etc and I am still busy with editing footage from our trip to New Zealand in February.

In the meantime, please do keep up to date with our videos on You Tube 🙂 posted once a week, every Saturday. Once this move is over I will hopefully be able to return to my weekly blog posts too!

Here’s the most recent one, of our road trip through New Zealand:

Traveling New Zealand 2017

In February we managed to escape Abu Dhabi for three weeks for our annual return to New Zealand! This time round, we were going to go on a tour around the South Island, ultimately ending up on Stewart Island. We collected quite a bit of footage of some of the most beautiful places, but if you ask me, New Zealand is a place you have to experience. It’s beauty cannot be captured easily on film. Yet, if you are stuck across the pond and haven’t been able to travel to NZ yet, do follow our upcoming series on our YouTube channel to get a taste for this wonderful place 🙂 Enjoy. First little intro video went up this weekend!

Abu Dhabi & Dubai – There is always something on!

There’s always something happening in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and although you could always spend a fortune on the luxuries of life, there are in fact a lot of activities available for free. Two free events that we enjoy going to every year are certain exhibitions held at ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center), which always display some weird and wonderful things, and the Red Bull sports events.  Continue reading “Abu Dhabi & Dubai – There is always something on!”

UP and RUNNING, Dubai

When taking up running, or any kind of exercise, there is always an associated risk of injuring yourself. Now that I’ve taken my first steps towards getting into a running routine, to slowly but surely prepare myself for the madness that is the Berlin Marathon, I have concerns about the old injuries I remember experiencing during my training for the Bristol Half Marathon back in 2009. I remember terrible chin splints, and especially, a previously torn ligament getting inflamed and sore when I train too much.

With this in mind, I didn’t only look for a coach who could provide me with a safe training routine, which is now being provided to me by Full Potential, but also for a physio who could assess the source of these aches and pains I had experienced in the past. Continue reading “UP and RUNNING, Dubai”

#IGNITEDXB 5km Puma Night Race – Race #1

In preparation for the Berlin Marathon in September, my trainer decided that I should try to run approx 2 races per month over the next few months. I’ve never been good or fast at racing, but I do push myself harder than if I was just trudging along by myself. Here’s a recap of my first race in January, and the lessons I learnt 🙂  Continue reading “#IGNITEDXB 5km Puma Night Race – Race #1”